What & Where is Merdeka?

(There are things that even some leaders of this country have forgotten. Still want to celebrate Merdeka ah? Image source: http://sivinkit.net)

There is about 5 days before we celebrate our Independence Day but yet there is no “scent” of any Hari Merdeka celebrations seen in the open.

The usual Petronas ads is missing from the telly (perhaps they are not happy with the calls to check on Petronas books) and there is no flags on the car (maybe it is because the flag on the car causes drag and it will cause more wastage of fuel).

Even the ex-PM sensed something as not being right – read more here. Yup, something is indeed missing in the month of August. But instead we have this:-

It is sad to see our beloved Jalur Gemilang, the symbol of our Nation and its sovereignty flying upside down. I had anticipated the anger by my fellow countrymen watching our flag being raised upside down. It is internationally accepted that raising the flag upside down is a mark of state of distress. It is never a mark of disrespect.

A nation in distress…!

Yes, flying a flag upside down is a sign of distress, not a mark of disrespect – something that the learned PM failed to understand. He just calls it “evil”.

What is Merdeka or Independence in the first place? A quote from the Declaration of Independence rightfully put things in a better perspective:-

We hold these truths to be self-evident, that all men are created equal, that they are endowed by their Creator with certain unalienable Rights that among these are Life, Liberty and the pursuit of Happiness.

With draconian laws such as ISA, high handed response by the police & the Government in some recent events, inequality in law, financial status and rights among Malaysians and blatant abuse of power and public funds, are we truly independent? Are we in pursuit of life, liberty and happiness?

Just hope that by September, we will have a more robust “footing” that truly “liberates” us and puts us back on the right path. Until then, the founders of this nation must be turning in their graves.

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